What Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag made players do in training ahead of West Ham clash | Soccer | sport
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag looked like his players were in light training on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Ham. The Red Devils took to the pitch for the last time on Thursday, where they picked up a 3-0 victory over Sheriff in the Europa League. And Cristiano Ronaldo, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia were among those snapped by probing photographers ahead of the game at Old Trafford.
Manchester United will enter their game with West Ham hoping to continue their recent resurgence under Ten Hag.
They have lost just twice in all competitions since defeats to Brighton and Brentford at the start of the campaign, with the club now unbeaten for seven games.
United were too strong for Sheriff on Thursday night, putting the Moldovan minnows to the sword with goals from Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Ronaldo.
And with the club having just over 48 hours to prepare for Sunday’s game with West Ham, it looks like Ten Hag have arranged a light session for the squad members.
Footage from Getty shows players working on their fitness.
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Ronaldo, Dalot and Victor Lindelof have been working on their fitness, stretching to ensure they start the weekend’s game against David Moyes’ side.
Eriksen also took part in the session, with the Denmark international looking focused as he got to work at Carrington.
And Casemiro and Malacia both had big smiles on their faces, the pair impressive after their summer arrivals from Real Madrid and Feyenoord respectively.
The United players also worked in a rondo, which is Ten Hag’s favorite training drill at the club.
Now, however, it will be up to them to ensure they continue their recent resurgence and help United claim all three points at Moyes’ expense.
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What bodes well for the Red Devils is that ahead of the showdown, they’ve only lost once to the Hammers since 2019.
It was in the Carabao Cup last season, in a game overseen by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United beat West Ham 1-0 in the same game in January, with Rashford scoring a dramatic late winner to hand Ralf Rangnick a well-deserved win.
And they also won 2-1 at the London Stadium, with Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard both on target.
Before the game against the Hammers, Ten Hag insisted he was happy with the way United were developing – but insisted they still had a lot to learn.
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“Building a team takes time. You can’t go from zero to 100 and you have to build it from downsizing,” he said.
“You need development before you go to the top, to the roof, and unfortunately that takes time.
“I don’t have time, I’m really the most impatient, but I have to [be]so it’s pretty clear.
“Now I think we are improving in defense – defending with 11. I think the players are more and more aware that we have to do it with 11.
“Also our build, I think we’re getting better game by game, so now we also have to do more to develop our attacking game. But also, that’s the hardest part, so it takes even more time. .
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“You can’t increase the pace of this process, but I want to. You have to take the time for that.”
And, on what has changed since the 6-3 loss to Manchester City, he said: “Firstly, Man City are a very good team and we also came out of an international break and in this game the players just forgot our rules and our principles and our rules and our beliefs.
“When we play against City, [if] a player makes a mistake and then he [falls] like a card game and it didn’t work.
“We saw the light of day and then we also see that it’s huge, and you get some good lessons for the weeks that follow.
“That’s what I said afterwards too, but you don’t want to have the experience of those days.”
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